IBM has released the world’s smallest movie. Company researchers moved thousands of atoms to create a miniature stop-motion movie titled A Boy and His Atom.
The movie, which has 242 frames, was made with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) which IBM Research has been using to conduct research into data storage. The movie has been certified as the world’s smallest by the Guinness World Records, according to IBM.
The film shows that it’s possible to manipulate single atoms and molecules with the tip of an STM, and IBM scientists had to develop “new low temperature, ultra-stable scanning tunneling microscopic techniques” over many years,” Crommie told TechNewsWorld.
“It is now possible to create tiny atomic and molecular structures that were never possible to access before,” he said. “We can now study the electronic, magnetic, mechanical and optical of these nanoscale structures.”